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Steers and water
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Ted    Posted 06-16-2004 at 05:28:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have raised steers for several years but I have two that are confusing me. It seems they drink excessive amounts of water compared to others I have raised in the past. The water trough I use would easily be good for two days now I need to fill it almost every day. I took the salt block away a while ago to see if that was the problem it did not matter. I grind my own feed; oats mixed with ear corn and hay is there all the time basically the same diet as I have always used. Outside air temp is not an issue cold or warm days. I recognize that water is great for thier system but I really think this is not normal. Could there be some vitamin deficiency problem or something?


Dee in mid MO    Posted 06-16-2004 at 11:37:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with all here. One thing tho' about taking the salt away - sodium is a vital requirement esp. in the heat of summer when animals sweat more than usual. I have seen horses eat dirt around where a salt block has been if the salt is gone. Too much dirt could cause colic in horses. Probably the bovine gut is more forgiving. Dee


Lazy Al    Posted 06-16-2004 at 05:46:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe by chance your watering trough has a hole in it . I had a horse tank that would go down fast so I turn it up and put a light on the other side and found a couple pin holes in it. so I fixed them and that helped .
Al


Texas    Posted 06-16-2004 at 05:44:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes stress or just the type of feed will cause penned cattle to drink excessive amounts or none at all.

The dry roughage you feed may be it too. Not much moisture in dry grain and hay.

There is an online Vet dictionary etc under
http://www.merckvetmanual.com


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